Bait and Switch!
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I made reservations online for a hotel room only to find after a 2 hour drive that I was not in the main hotel and was across the parking lot in the motel.
I tried to cancel my reservations, but the man at the desk said he couldn't cancel them because I did not book through them. He said I had to contact Expedia online. Of course, having come to Columbia for an event, I did not have time to contact Expedia. I tried to get a letter from the mad at the desk, so I would be guaranteed my money back, but I couldn't get it.
I felt trapped and knew if I didn't use the reservation, I would drive home 2 hours AND get charged the hotel charges for a motel room that was never used. No matter what happens, these big companies take advantage of the situation. America used to have amazing customer service. Now, when the company is clearly in the wrong, it claims no wrong doing and takes no responsibility for its unethical practices.
I contacted Expedia, and no matter what I said it was a "Heads they win, tails I lose" situation. I was overcharged for a MOTEL room. I asked for half my money back, and they said no. No matter what I said, I did not do enough at the time, which was too stressful and difficult with plans for shows and events. It seems customer service should really be called the Lie, Cheat, and Steal Under All Circumstances Department
I will never use Expedia again, and I will be sure to tell everyone I know not to use Expedia.